Slate has several articles up about American airports and how bad most of them have become. One article is entitled: How the airport came to embody our national psychosis.
While I appreciate that airports servicing New York, for example, may have their problems due simply to the huge numbers they need to provide for in sometimes hemmed in locations, I think Australian airports are doing pretty well, actually.
I like airports. I like hospitals (well, new ones) too. I guess I like all places where people are busy achieving remarkable things in buildings that look clean and modern.
I was in Sydney domestic for the first time in many years recently. It was a lot better than I remembered. Pretty great food selection now. A very large number of recharging facilities on the long tables in the food court. Security did not take long, even on a Sunday evening, with lots of people travelling home.
As with health care, where we manage to get better results with less money, maybe we just do some things better than the Americans...